Senior Back End Engineer

Carvana Berkeley , CA 94705

Posted 3 months ago


At Carvana, we sell cars, but we're not salespeople. Since 2013, we've been making it our mission to change the way people buy cars. We saw a huge problem with how much it can suck to buy a car the traditional way, so we committed ourselves to tackling one of the largest, yet-to-be-disrupted markets in the world the $1T per year U.S. car market (yes, that's $Trillion with a "T").

With the ability to search thousands of vehicles from our expansive inventory, to high-resolution 360 photographs of our vehicles' interior and exterior, to real-time financing and the ability to complete contracts without visiting the back room of a dealership, we provide a seamless, online car buying experience for consumers that can be completed from their desktop or mobile device. All our vehicles are inspected and reconditioned based on our 150-point certification checklist and come with a 7-day return policy. We also operate our own logistics network to deliver cars to customers as soon as the next day, as well as offer customer pick-up at our state-of-the-art Car Vending Machine locations (yes, you read that right). By putting customer satisfaction at the core of our business, we've built a no-pressure, no-haggle online car buying experience that saves our customers time and money.

For more information on Carvana, take a look at our company introduction video!


You'll need to be a great communicator, a brand ambassador, and possess the know-how to get the job done.

We select bright people, willing to roll up their sleeves, take on new assignments, and juggle many things at once.

In return for your hard work, you'll have an opportunity to work at one of the fastest growing and creative technology companies around, as well as help us promote a life-changing product and develop a world-class team every day.

In our downtime, we have ping pong and corn hole (or "bags," depending on where you're from) tournaments. However, the pace is pretty quick around here, so you'll need to be prepared to keep up.


The Conversational AI team is a talented and humble group of people with backgrounds in Product, Design, Data Science and Engineering, that are focused on Human-Computer interaction (HCI). Our core product is a communication platform that car buyers, sellers and Carvana Advocates rely on every day for a seamless car shopping experience. We focus immensely on the end-consumer and build our systems ground-up to deliver on that experience.

As a core member of our Conversational AI team, you will work across all areas of developing our Conversation Engine, such as building Machine Learning for intent and topic classification, entity recognition, as well as help develop our data and AI strategy. You will have the opportunity to work closely with our Product, Experience and Software Engineering teams to deliver impact on every aspect of the purchase process, from search to vehicle delivery.


  • Enhance our Conversational AI platform by developing APIs and infrastructure that connect our conversation engine to communication channels like SMS, email, messaging services and the web

  • Work with the Data Science team to build out services for training, monitoring and enhancing machine learning models' accuracy

  • Drive scalability and performance within our distributed AI platform

  • Full software development life-cycle from design and development to testing and operating in production

  • Communicate effectively with engineers, product managers and data scientists


  • 4+ years of experience with Scala, JVM and Akka

  • Expert with PostgreSQL, MySQL or MS-SQL

  • Experience architecting, developing, deploying and operating large scale distributed systems and actor systems

  • Experience with cloud APIs (e.g., GCP, AWS, Azure)

  • RabbitMQ, Kafka

  • Strong foundation in algorithms and data structures and their real-world use cases.

  • Solid understanding of computer systems and networks

  • Production quality coding standards and patterns

BONUS SKILLS (Helpful but not required)

  • Kubernetes and Docker

  • JavaScript, React and front end UI development experience

  • gRPC, Python, TensorFlow, Scikit-learn

  • Elasticsearch and Salesforce

  • Desire to become a full-stack engineer


  • Full-Time Salary Position

  • Health, Dental and Vision benefits (Employee health 100% covered by Carvana)

  • An amazing work, learn, and play environment near downtown and UC Berkeley

  • Employee car discounts and perks

  • 401K with company match

  • Access to opportunities to expand your skill set and share your knowledge with others across the organization


Hiring is contingent on passing a complete background check.

Carvana is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

This role is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

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